8th International Summer School on Higher Education Research "Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives in Higher Education Research"
Dates: May 24–30, 2020
Deadline to apply: extended till March 10
Venue: St. Petersburg, Pushkin, Kotchoubey Centre
Fee: 390 EUR (DBL), 590 EUR (SGL)
Accommodation: 7 days and 6 nights, three meals daily, coffee breaks, welcome and farewell dinners, and excursions.
Travel: to/from St. Petersburg is covered by the participants
Grant options: 10 scholarships to cover participation fee for applicants selected on a competitive basis
Candidates with backgrounds in all relevant areas (sociology, economics, political science, education, public administration, management, psychology, history, etc.) are encouraged to apply for the International Summer School 2020. We expect to get on board a group of early-career scholars with a keen interest in research who aspire to make the most of the School’s intensive theory and hands-on agenda.
Bringing together both young and accomplished researchers of higher education, the International Summer School aims to inspire a more critical discussion and fresh insights in the field by providing an invigorating venue for first-hand learning and multi-prism opinion exchange. This will help advance our understanding of higher education while also fostering the integration of young researchers into the international professional community.
The 8th International Summer School will focus on theoretical and conceptual perspectives in the study of higher education. As a multi-disciplinary field, higher education research draws on multiple scholarly frameworks and traditions, often synthesising different disciplinary methods in order to address problems of policy and practice in higher education or explain the relationship between higher education and society. During the Summer School, the faculty and participants will discuss the strengths and limitations of various theoretical approaches and concepts developed in economics, sociology, political science, cultural studies, and multi-disciplinary research perspectives in higher education. They will also consider how these theories and concepts can be applied within different national contexts and reflect on the comparative dimension.
Specifically, the Summer School faculty and participants will focus on such issues as:
- Major disciplinary developments in theories and concepts that are used in higher education research: how a particular body of ideas accumulated in sociology, economics, political science, cultural studies, etc. helps us understand higher education and what each may fail to cover;
- How higher education research as a distinct field is struggling to build its own body of theories and concepts;
- How to design and carry out a cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary study in higher education;
- Best strategies for choosing theoretical perspectives for a study;
- How to challenge existing theoretical models and come up with original ideas.
Professor, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne
Professor, Director, Centre for Global Higher Education, Department of Education, University of Oxford
Associate Professor, Director, Research Centre on Higher Education Policy (CIPES), Faculty of Economics, University of Porto
Professor, Director, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla
Associate Professor, China Institute of Education Finance Research, Peking University
Head of the HSE Institute of Education
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